Chinese Law

Time to put China's amended criminal law to the test

Wang Shengjun, president of the Supreme People's Court. Photo: Simon Song

The good news as 2013 opens is that there is movement in judicial reform in China as amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law come into effect.

Wednesday, 2 January, 2013, 4:51am 1 comment

Microblogs' contribution to rule of law praised

The state-run Procuratorial Daily has praised the role of microblogs in helping to build the rule of law. In its 2011 Blue Book on the Rule of Law in China, released yesterday, it said the most significant achievement last year was the completion of a socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics, which allowed China to properly enter an age of the rule of law.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Wrong side of the law

The Chinese government's current suppression of rising internet protests against its barbaric abuse of the blind 'barefoot lawyer' Chen Guangcheng raises fundamental questions about the impact of legal reforms on real life in China.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Legal experts hold out hope for rule of law

Following Lai Changxing's return to Chinese soil from Canada yesterday, the focus now turns to what legal proceedings the fugitive is going to face.

For a start, Lai, 53, was arrested at Beijing airport upon arrival, although charges have not been announced.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Long and peaceful evolution needed to achieve Western values, says activist

'No. I don't want to overthrow the Communist Party in China,' He Qingquan said, a few hours before catching a flight to Canada.

A pro-democracy activist like thousands of other university students of his generation, He, who now holds licences to practise law in China and in Canada, said conditions are not yet ripe for judicial independence in the former.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Turning a deaf ear

The Chinese government's current campaign to intimidate and suppress the country's small number of 'human rights lawyers' seems to be succeeding where previous campaigns fell short. Most of the courageous lawyers who have been released from incommunicado detention lasting several days to several months remain disturbingly quiet.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Legal system less arbitrary but still a work in progress

New talent and rising competition is helping to boost the transparency of the mainland's legal sector, long derided as being a Communist Party offshoot.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Law programme attracts 'huge interest'

Investments and business links with the mainland are creating a need for further education in Chinese law. To meet the need, the Chinese University of Hong Kong has established a faculty of law.

18 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

The right to know

A year ago, the State Council promulgated nationwide information regulations that accepted the need for the government to be transparent and for the right of the public to have access to official information. These regulations came into effect on May 1 and mark a major step forward for human rights in China.

21 May 2008 - 12:00am

White paper praises rule-of-law transition

Beijing yesterday published its first white paper on the country's efforts to establish the rule of law, claiming the mainland had built a fundamental 'legal system for socialism with Chinese characteristics'.

29 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Panda diplomacy

China this week marks the beginning of a new year in its lunar cycle, the Year of the Rat. This is a very significant year, since it will see China host the summer Olympics, an event seen the world over as the coming-out party for a country that has been eclipsed for two centuries.

6 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

The 'conscience of Chinese lawyers' will fight to the end

Leading mainland lawyer Zhang Sizhi has considered giving up his profession only once in 50 years. That was in 1991, after he defended prominent dissident Wang Juntao against charges of conspiring to overthrow the government stemming from the June 4, 1989, pro-democracy protests.

28 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Barriers to foreign law firms decried

Foreign lawyers cannot appear in a mainland court. They cannot practise Chinese law. Their firms cannot directly employ Chinese lawyers.

25 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Mainland lawyers fire salvo to defend turf

One of China's top legal associations is turning up the heat on foreign law firms in the mainland, accusing them of effectively practising Chinese law illegally by hiring qualified local attorneys as consultants or legal assistants.

24 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

One lawyer, both systems and two sides of the bench

A MAINLAND NATIVE, Renee Gu Renfang is a lawyer at the international law firm Jones Day. In her six-year stint with western law firms, she has represented numerous foreign companies in litigation and arbitration cases against mainland companies. But unlike most of her colleagues, her career path had an unusual twist in the early years.

24 May 2003 - 12:00am